Early signing day for college football programs is less than a week ago, and Ole Miss’ recruiting class just got a huge boost. Flipping his commitment from Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators, 4-star QB Matt Corral has decided to join the Ole Miss football team.
— M A T T Y I C E (@corral_matt) December 15, 2017
The 6-foot-2, Long Beach, California native has thrown for over 100 touchdowns during his high school career and plays a style of offense that he feels will gel with Rebel OC Phil Longo’s system. Corral told 247Sports that the style of play, the family atmosphere and the competition played into his decision to head to Oxford.
“Coach Matt Luke is a family-oriented guy. I figured I wouldn’t miss a beat if I went there from California,” Corral said. “It’s like home. The offense they run, it may not be what I’ve said in the past, but talking to people I trust and those I believe in, I know this won’t be a bad decision for me. That offense will help me show off my talents on the biggest stage. Plus, and to top it all off, this is the SEC West.”
A mostly-negative news cycle has plagued Ole Miss since the 2017 season ended, with the NCAA releasing their final ruling and Shea Patterson leaving for Michigan, but this is a step in the right direction for new head coach Matt Luke and his staff. Corral will likely be the backup to presumed starter Jordan Ta’amu for the 2018 season, during which the Rebels will play under a bowl ban; unless they win their appeal.
During his recruitment, Corral held offers from USC, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, UCLA, and several others.
Corral’s commitment had a few Ole Miss players excited, including a few of the Rebels’ talented wide receivers.
Welcome family ? https://t.co/x1PT2t5ze1
— 1k (@Brown1arthur) December 15, 2017
My Boy!!!!! ????? https://t.co/k1qZASFArn
— DaMarkus Lodge (@DaMarkusLodge18) December 15, 2017
Corral is currently the 3rd ranked pro-style QB in the 2018 recruting class. While Corral’s high school season is over, Ole Miss fans can see him in action in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl before he enrolls in January. With just under two months until national signing day, Luke and the Rebels now have some momentum to work with as they look to improve their standing in the 2018 recruiting process.